Speakers

Brien Posey Freelance Writer & Independent Analyst

Modernizing data protection for cloud, virtual and legacy environments

Speaker Bio: Brien Posey is an eight-time Microsoft MVP with two decades of IT experience. Prior to becoming a freelance technical writer, Brien served as CIO for a national chain of hospitals and healthcare facilities. He has also worked as a network administrator for some of the nation's largest insurance companies and for the Department of Defense at Fort Knox where he assisted the military with numerous disaster recovery scenarios.

Since going freelance in 2001, he has become a prolific technical author, routinely contributing content to SearchDataBackup.com and SearchStorage.com. In addition to the many thousands of articles that he has written, Brien has authored numerous books on a wide variety of IT topics. Brien has architected backup solutions for an international clientele and has even assisted Microsoft with their System Center Data Protection Manager initiatives.

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Eric Bassier Director of Product Marketing, Quantum

Session Speaker Presenting

Eric Bassier is Director of Product Marketing at Quantum. He has been in the storage industry for 11 years with a background in various data protection and storage technologies.

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John LaRue Technical Advisor, Quantum

Leveraging Quantum technologies to future proof your IT investment

John has been deploying GNU/Linux since kernel 1.2, Windows NT 3.5, VMware ESX 2.5, with a focus on open systems, virtual infrastructure, security and performance. Prior to joining Quantum, John automated datacenter engineering, operations and support activity for 15 years as a system administrator and networking analyst. In his role on the Tech Advisor team, John collaborates to design scalable data protection systems for production storage and server architectures.

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Dan Duperron Principal Technical Advisor, Quantum

Leveraging Quantum technologies to future proof your IT investment

Speaker Bio: Dan has over 20 years of experience working in IT, and since the turn of the century has focused exclusively on data protection and data archiving through a number of roles with ADIC and now Quantum. Prior to joining ADIC, Dan was an “IT Guy” doing everything from server, storage, and network engineering to data protection and secure web application deployment at both large and small employers.

In his current role Dan and his Tech Advisor peers provide a critical link between Quantum product management and engineering and Quantum’s field SEs, partner SEs, and customers. They drive product enhancements and technical field feedback in, and ensure technical product knowledge and tools flow out.

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Mark Thacker Product Strategist for Virtualization, Quantum

Leveraging Quantum technologies to future proof your IT investment

Speaker Bio: Mark is responsible for the product management and strategy of data protection products for virtualized environments at Quantum. He has over 22 years of IT experience in open systems, enterprise computing, virtualization, security and networking. He has a strong understanding of real world issues, having worked his way from 'tape monkey' on early systems through System Administrator and into Product Management. Mark's work experience includes Quantum, Oracle, Sun Microsystems and two major universities. Mark is frequently sought as a speaker because of his passion and ability to communicate about solutions and their practical impact on customers.

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